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article imageIran earthquake coverage very limited

By KJ Mullins     Aug 15, 2012 in World
Photojournalists have been banned from taking photos of the earthquake damage in Iran according to some reports on Twitter. If this is true then the world will have a hard time understanding the true damage in the areas affected.
Over 300 people have died in Iran after two earthquakes hit back to back. The first quake registered at 6.4 followed just eleven minutes later by a 6.3 quake.
According to officials in Iran all of the survivors have been located but citizens are questioning that claim.
During the first hours after the quake citizens were the volunteers making their way to the villages that were devastated by the quake. They brought the victims to hospitals that were overwhelmed by the wounded.
People in the damaged areas have just begun to have food and water brought in. It is being reported that there are few surgeons to work with those who are in medical need.
Inside the country television news reports did not mention the earthquake on Saturday instead focusing on the Olympics. That lack of coverage appears to be continuing according to Iranians on Twitter.
According to one of the few media outsides inside of Iran reporting on the earthquake, Ebtekar, 245 villages were damaged.
Just days after the disaster President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to visit Saudi Arabia instead of working with those in the disaster zones of Iran. From the start Ahmadinejad rejected offers of foreign aid.
Local media is reporting that the White House has rejected sending any aid to the victims. It is also being reported that Iran rejected the offer from the United States saying it was not made in good faith.
ABC News reports that interior ministry's crisis management organisation, Hassan Ghadami told local media:
"Iran did not accept the US offer for sending humanitarian aid for quake survivors," he said.
"We do not believe the US put forward the offer in good faith. We are currently having a medicine supply crisis because of sanctions.
"Do us a favour and lift the sanctions."
In Canada those who want to give to relief efforts worry about the current Canadian sanctions with Iran. While the government has made an exemption in the sanctions “for activities that have as their purpose the safeguarding of human life, disaster relief, or the providing of medicine or medical supplies” many Iranian-Canadians are concerned that they could be targeted for breaching the law.
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